The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 25th, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education has retreated from its controversial
plan to create a giant college-ratings system, top officials revealed
on Wednesday. Instead, by late summer the department is now promising to
produce a customizable, consumer-oriented website that won’t include
any evaluations of colleges but will contain what one official described
as "more data than ever before." In effect, it will be a ratings system
without any ratings.
The as-yet-unnamed new system will allow students and others to
compare colleges "on whatever measures are important to them," said
Jamienne S. Studley, deputy under secretary of education.
The proposed federal ratings have been contentious since the moment they were announced.
In Congress, Republicans in particular have introduced measures to keep
the department from spending money to develop them. And many college
leaders and higher-education associations have questioned the
department’s capacity to devise an accurate or fair system.